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Champions League group stages for the 2019/20 season has been completed.

The Premier League and La Liga will have four representatives in the last 16 of Champions League – Ajax were the biggest losers from the group stages as they crashed out of the competition following their 1-0 home defeat to Valencia.

Teamsthat sealed progression will learn of their next opponents after the Monday, December 16, draw in Nyon After weeks of panic and anxiety all the 32 teams that were participating in this year’s edition of the Champions League group stages have learned their fate. The group stages appear to have lived up to its billing as top European clubs eased past the round to reach the last 16.

Ajax, who were semi-finalists last season were perhaps the biggest losers as they crashed out of the competition. The Dutch side was pooled alongside Chelsea, Valencia and Lille in Group H which was widely touted as the group of death. But they failed to make out of the group, with their 1-0 slim defeat to Valencia at home sealing their fate.

Meanwhile, all the four Premier League clubs who are participating in the competition progressed to the next round of the competition.

However, Liverpool, who are the defending champions alongside Chelsea had to wait until the last day to confirm their place in the next stage.

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Man City and Tottenham Hotspur went into their final group clashes against Dinamo Zagreb and Bayern Munich having already qualified. Barcelona, Real Madrid, Valencia and Atletico Madrid will be Spain’s representatives in the Round of 16, with Germany having Bayern Munich, Dortmund and Leipzig. France will have just Paris Saint-Germain and Lyon in the next stage after Lille being dumped out, while Italy will have Juventus, Napoli and Atalanta.

The draw for the last 16 of the tournament will take place on Monday, December 16 at UEFA’s headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland.

Lucas Moura’s hat-trick leads Tottenham to Champions League final after beating Ajax 3-2

Lucas Moura’s hat-trick porpells Tottenham to Champions League final after beating Ajax 3-2

– Ajax vs Tottenham Champions League clash saw Lucas Moura help Spurs reach their first ever final

– They will face fellow Premier League side Liverpool in Madrid on June 1 to decide the winner of this season’s edition

– Ajax took the lead in the first half but let go of their two goals lead by allowing Moura steal the show in the second stanza

Premier League side Ajax are through to their first ever Champions League final following their 3-2 win over Ajax at the Johan Cruyff Arena.

Mauricio Pochettino’s men produced a superb performance in the second half to outclass the Dutch side progress to the final on 3-3 aggregate.

Matthijs de Ligt opened scoring for the hosts through a header just five minutes into the game after connecting with Lasse Schoene’s cross.

The hosts continued to mount pressure on their guests having unsettled them in the early minutes of the clash with the goal.

As the game progressed, Hakim Ziyech doubled Ajax’s lead 30 minutes later through a superb finish from the left flank – a goal assisted by Dusan Tadic in the 35th minute.

And the Dutch side were to keep a clean sheet in the first stanza of the match before the referee signaled the end of the half.

However, on return to the pitch for the second half of the meeting, Mauricio Pochettino’s men took a different dimension as Lucas Moura became the hero of the night.

The former Paris Saint Germain star scored a hat-trick which propelled the north London side to the final of the championship for the first time in their history.

Moura grabbed his first goal of the match in the 55th minute after muscling a Dele Alli’s assist from close range and reduced his side’s deficit in the meeting.

Barely four minutes later, the 26-year-old doubled his tally and equally increased Spurs goals to two in the 59th minute.

It was however looking done and dusted for the Dutch Boys as they game had entered into the extra minutes.

But the Brazilian struck one more time in the 96th minute to ensure Tottenham qualify for the final and will face fellow EPL side Liverpool.

Coach Erik ten Hag’s men will however have themselves to blame for squandering their early lead in the encounter after conceding three goals in the second half of the match.

Spurs will now battle Liverpool on June 1 for the Champions League title with the Reds hoping to win their sixth – while the north Londoners will be aiming for their first ever UCL crown.

Lionel Messi nets brace as Barca defeats Liverpool in UCL semi-final clash

Barcelona vs Liverpool: Lionel Messi nets brace as Barca thrash Reds in UCL semi-final clash

Barcelona beat Liverpool 3-0 on Wednesday night, May 1, at Camp Nou in a tough Champions League semi-final first leg showdown.

In the opening minutes of the game, the both sides eager to dictate the pace with good display of football skills, but as the match progressed Liverpool came more into the contest.

However, in the 20th minute, Liverpool suffered a setback after Naby Keita was forced injured after picking up what looks like a groin injury.
In the 24th minute, the midfielder was replaced by Jordan Henderson, with scores still at 0-0.

Two minute later, Jordi Alba delivered a fabulous low ball into Liverpool box for Luis Suarez to slide in beyond Alisson’ reach.

Despite other scoring chances, none of the teams were able to scores, with scores remaining at Barcelona 1-0 Liverpool at the end of the first half.

However, in the second half, Barca upped their games as Liverpool struggled to get into the game.
With 15 minutes of play left.

Lionel Messi doubled Barcelona’s lead with his second goal of the match.
And with eight minutes left on the clock, Messi completed his brace, to see Barcelona claim a resounding 3-0 win over Liverpool on the night.

The Reds will play host to the Spanish champions in the reverse fixture of the semi-final clash, on Tuesday, May 7 at Anfield.

Liverpool Manager Jurgen Klopp says Liverpool will ‘suffer’ in Champions League semi against Barcelona

Jurgen Klopp: Liverpool will ‘suffer’ in Champions League semi against Barcelona

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp looks forward to playing Barcelona in the Champions League
Video caption Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp looks forward to playing Barcelona in the Champions League
Liverpool will “suffer” in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final in Barcelona but will also have chances, says manager Jurgen Klopp.

The Reds meet the Spanish champions at the Nou Camp on Wednesday (20:00 BST).

Klopp, who guided Liverpool to the final in 2018, said: “We were in contention last year, but they have been in contention for nearly 20 years.

“It will be so difficult, but I couldn’t be more excited to have the opportunity.”

Like Liverpool, Barcelona are five-time European champions.

Four of the Spanish side’s titles have come in the past 13 years. In contrast, Liverpool’s sole success since 1984 came in 2005.

Last year’s run to the final came after Liverpool had failed to qualify for the competition in the previous season. Barcelona, meanwhile, are on an unbeaten run of 31 home games in the Champions League.

Will we be perfect? That’s not possible,” said Klopp. “Will we make mistakes? Oh, yes. Will we suffer? Oh, yes, 100%.

“Will there be moments when we have a chance? Yes, 100%. I hope we will use them – that is what we will try to do.”

We can feel completely free to play our game. It is a brilliant team here at Barcelona.”

Klopp, who also took Borussia Dortmund to the 2013 final, added: “I would say a draw would not be the worst result in the world, not that we go for it, but it would be OK.

So many people came to Barcelona and had a plan and in the end they got a proper knock.”

Liverpool are fighting for a first domestic league triumph in 29 years, sitting a point behind Manchester City with two games to play.

However, even with Liverpool relying on City dropping points in order to win the Premier League, Klopp would not be drawn on whether the Champions League represented his side’s best chance of winning a trophy this season.

“We still have to play against Barcelona,” he said.

We have a chance in both these competitions, but we have to play these games. I never understand when people think a game is won or lost before it is played.

“At the moment, I do not need to know which is the better chance for us to win. We will try to play our best football, then we will see what we can get from it.

“When we go home, we will not be playing against City, we will be playing against Newcastle. But nobody has to think about that game tomorrow, because it would be a massive mistake to play Barcelona with 15% or 20% of your mind on Newcastle.”

Ajax defeat Tottenham in the UCL First Leg Semifinals 0-1

Ajax Put Tottenham In An Early Strangehold And Held On For Dear LifeThrough 15 minutes, it looked like Ajax were playing a particularly easy group stage match rather than the away leg of the Champions League semifinal.

The Dutch Boys showed up at Tottenham’s brand new stadium and promptly put the undermanned London club in a variety of submission moves, moving the ball around the nonexistent Spurs midfield and generally looking like the team that had shocked the world by eliminating Real Madrid and Juventus in the previous two rounds.

Ajax’s early gameplan was rewarded on the scoreboard in the 15th minute, when an incredible Hakim Ziyech through ball found a barely-onside Donny van de Beek wide-open inside the Spurs box, with only an overmatched Hugo Lloris standing between him and a crucial away goal. Lloris…did not do anything right—though you can’t really blame the guy when he was stranded in a 2-on-1 from about 8 yards out—and van de Beek scored what would prove the only goal in an enormous 1-0 Ajax win.

The visitors’ domination continued after the goal. Ajax had plenty of chances to double their lead in the first half, while Tottenham’s most important highlight of the half was seeing their two best defenders (Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld) bonk heads going up for a header.

Vertonghen took the worst of the hit and needed medical attention. Inexplicably, the Spurs medical staff let the visibly woozy and bloody center back return to the field. Thankfully, Vertonghen was lucid enough to call for a sub a short time after. The image of him hunched over in need of assistance to walk off the pitch and down the tunnel for treatment is a haunting example of soccer’s deplorable treatment of head injuries.

Weirdly, that injury (and the subsequent substitution, which saw midfielder Moussa Sissoko enter for Vertonghen) seemed to rally Spurs, who prior to that looked like a shadow of the team that beat Manchester City in the quarterfinals.

Though it didn’t lead to many real chances, Tottenham were able to establish consistent possession of the ball (they started with 30 percent possession before controlling things in the second half to finish with 52 percent) and give their defense some some much needed respite from the ceaseless Ajax attack.

Cristiano Ronaldo couldn’t save Juventus as Juventus loses to Ajax in UCL quarter-finals

Juventus vs Ajax: Cristiano Ronaldo’s goal not enough as Ajax reach UCL semi-final

– Juventus vs Ajax saw the Dutch giants Ajax knock Juventus out of the Champions League at the quarter-final round

– Cristiano Ronaldo headed in from a corner inside the first half-an-hour to hand Juventus a good start, but Ajax Donny van de Beek equalized in the 34 minute

– Matthijs de Ligt netted the heartbreaker for Ajax with a header and will now wait for the winner between Man City and Tottenham in the semi-final Cristiano Ronaldo’s goal was not enough as Juventus suffered a 1-2 home defeat against Ajax on Tuesday, April 16, in the reverse fixture of their Champions League quarter-final tie.

The encounter at Allianz Stadium saw Ajax come from behind to beat Juventus on the night and progress to the semifinals on a 3-2 aggregate win. Ajax made an early substitution, with Daley Sinkgraven replacing Nossair Mazraoui in the 6th minute after the later suffered a knock.

As the half progressed, Juventus were not finding it easy to break down the Dutch side, who showed class with the fluidity of their passing game.

However, it was Ronaldo again that netted the game’ opener in the 29th minute, to put Juventus into the lead after a decent assist from Miralem Pjanic. In the 34th minute Ajax levelled scores after Donny van de Beek beat Juventus defence offside trap. Moise Kean replaced Paulo Dybala as Juventus embark on quest to score the second goal.

Juventus had a penalty appeal after Emre Can went down in the vital area, after a tackle from an Ajax player, but the referee ignored making the call Ajax came close to netting the winner twice in the 57th minute but Juventus goalkeeper Szczesny was spot on to make a save.

And moment later Juve defence denied the visitor another chance to go into the lead.

But in the 67th minute after Matthijs de Light nodded in Ajax second off a corner-kick from Lasse Schone to further peg Juventus behind.
Indeed, it was the deciding moment of the game as Juventus needed to scores two more goals without conceding again, if they must progress to the semis.

Despite late chances Ajax held on to claim a precious 3 – 2 aggregate win after the two-legged affair.

The result sees Ajax progress to the semi-final round of the Champions League at the expense of Ronaldo’s Juventus.